Ven. Arjia Rinpoche Story of Life in Tibet, Escape from Tibet, Life in the West
This great lama, the abbott of Kumbum monastery tells his life story. From his early childhood in Tibet, the invasion of the chinese, suppression of religious freedom, the cultural revolution, escape from Tibet and his life here in the Bay Area.
Ven. Arjia Rinpoche was the Abbot of Kumbum Monastery, one of the six great centers of Buddhism in Tibet. He was born in Eastern Tibet to Mongolian nomads and as a young boy was recognized as the reincarnation of Lumbum Gye, father of Lama Je Tsong Khapa, the founder of Gelugpa (Yellow Hat) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche is one of the most important religious leaders to leave Tibet since the Dalai Lama fled into exile in 1959. From a very early age he was trained by great lineage masters, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the late Panchen Lama. Rinpoche left Tibet in 1998 due to the repression of Tibetan religion and culture. In 2000 Rinpoche established The Tibetan Center for Compassion and Wisdom (TCCW) here in California, to preserve and celebrate Tibetan language, arts, and to advance understanding of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.